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Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy Scale

The Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy (SCSE) Scale is a valid and reliable instrument that incorporates both positive and risk-related sexual communication topics to assess adolescent's sexual communication self-efficacy between partners.

Developed by:

Quinn-Nilas C. Milhausen, R. R. Breuer R., Bailey J. Pavlou, M. DiClemente, R. J. Wingood G. M.

Measure domains:

Contraception Communication

Positive Sexual Messages

Negative Sexual Messages

Sexual History

Condom Negotiation

Items and subscales:

20 items

5 subscales

Outcomes predicted:

Sexual communication frequency

Dyadic sexual communication

Communication intentions

Sexual self-awareness

Sexual pressure

Relationship quality

Intimate partner abuse

Condom use self-efficacy

Cronbach's alpha:


subscales range from
0.89 to 0.83

Study population(s):

Adolescents ages 16-22 in the U.K.

Measure validated?:


Link(s) to Validation Study and/or Measure:

Uses in Other Studies:

Leddy, A., Chakravarty, D., Dladla, S., de Bruyn, G., & Darbes, L. (2016). Sexual communication self-efficacy, hegemonic masculine norms and condom use among heterosexual couples in South Africa. AIDS Care, 28(2), 228–233.

Uses in Other Studies Links:

Citation of original article

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Quinn-Nilas, C., Milhausen, R. R., Breuer, R., Bailey, J., Pavlou, M., DiClemente, R. J., & Wingood, G. M. (2016). Validation of the Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy Scale. Health Education & Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 43(2), 165–171.